Cal Baptist to host Pink Zone night

California Baptist University women’s basketball is joining more than 1,250 other collegiate basketball teams across the country in participating in the 2009 Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association (WBCA) Pink Zone initiative.
 

The Lancers’ Pink Zone Night is Tuesday (Feb. 10) when they host Westmont in a GSAC contest. All proceeds from ticket sales and pink “CBU Crazies” t-shirt sales will go towards the WBCA’s fight against breast cancer.

 

“Obviously, this is a good cause and one worth getting behind and supporting,” said CBU Head Coach Danelle Bishop. “It is good to raise this awareness within our sport, because we’ve lost a lot of good people in the women’s basketball community because of this disease.”

 

The WBCA Pink Zone initiative is a global, unified effort for the WBCA’s nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. ESPN has joined the initiative by dedicating their annual “February Frenzy” women’s college basketball games on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com to supporting the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, in partnership with The V Foundation. February Frenzy will showcase eight regionalized games within two telecast windows for the biggest regular-season day in women’s college basketball on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. ET.  They will also dedicate the Big Monday game on Monday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. to the cause.

 

The WBCA began the WBCA Pink Zone, formerly known as “Think Pink”, in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women’s basketball, on campuses and in communities. In 2007, more than 120 schools unified for this effort and helped make the inaugural year a success. In 2008, more than 1,200 teams and organizations participated, reaching over 830,000 fans and raising more than $930,000 for breast cancer awareness and research.

 

WBCA, the term Pink Zone and the WBCA Pink Zone logo are trademarks of the Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association.

 

Cal Baptist gears up for game at Seton Hall

California Baptist University men’s basketball head coach Tim Collins has announced the addition of another major NCAA Division I opponent to the Lancers’ 2008-09 schedule.

Seton Hall Tuesday (Dec. 9) at 7:30 p.m. in the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The game will be an exhibition for the Lancers and will count as an official game for the Pirates.
 
“We are very honored and thankful for the opportunity that Head Coach Bobby Gonzales, his staff and the athletic administration of Seton Hall University have given to our institution,” said Collins. “This experience will be a lifelong memory for our players and institution. To be able to play against a Big East member in this fantastic atmosphere and enter into the basketball tradition created at Seton Hall is a blessing to our players and institution. We have had the opportunity to compete against some quality Division I opponents the past few years, always hopeful to create enough resistance in the game to help both teams.”

Lancers check in at No. 2 in first poll

California Baptist finds itself in a familiar place once again as the Lancers are No. 2 in the preseason NAIA Volleyball Ratings just behind defending national champion Fresno Pacific.

CBU, who finished 2007 at 32-5, went to its third championship game in four years and became the only team to reach the semifinals of the national tournament in each of the last four years.

The Lancers earned 692 points in the poll just behind the Sunbirds who have 715 and captured all 25 first-place votes.

Fellow Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) members Concordia, Biola and Azusa Pacific round out the top five. Point Loma Nazarene is inside the top 10 at No. 8 while Vanguard sits at No. 21. Westmont also received votes in the poll.

California Baptist kicks off its 2008 campaign Friday and Saturday in Azusa, Calif., at the Cougar Classic. The Lancers play at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. both days.

The Lancers will also be playing local Division II powers Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino.

 

Lancers pitcher signs with Padres

Four-time All-GSAC Steve Goins inked a free agent deal with the San Diego Padres organization earlier this week.

After going undrafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft two weeks ago, Goins was enrolled at Riverside Community College, taking lab courses needed so he could begin work on becoming a physician’s assistant as well as working part-time. Baseball was just a memory.

Monday afternoon, however, CBU head coach Gary Adcock received a call from a scout in the Padres organization inquiring about Goins. Adcock quickly and frantically called Goins to notify him that the organization needed another pitcher.

“I was in my first class on the first day of class when I happened to turn my phone on,” said Goins. “There were all these missed calls and texts from my family, Gary and the scout. I stepped outside to check my messages, came back in, packed my stuff up and left right then and there. I was definitely excited and had to work hard to quickly change my plans.”

Goins quit his job, put school on hold and headed out Tuesday for Peoria, Ariz., and the Arizona (Rookie) League. Shortly after arriving, he threw his first bullpen session Wednesday and all signs point to his first professional appearance sometime this weekend.

“It feels good to be a part of the sport again,” said Goins. “I’m just taking it one day at a time and seeing where this might lead.”

One of the finest players in the history of the program, Goins just completed a remarkable four-year career. During his career on the mound, Goins was 26-10 with a 3.17 ERA. In 300.2 career innings, he had 295 strikeouts. He tossed 10 complete games and five shutouts and also collected three saves. He won a career-high eight games and had a career-low 2.58 ERA as a 2008 senior.

Goins also hit .354 with a program-record 62 doubles to go along with 134 runs, 137 RBIs and 12 home runs. This past season, Goins hit .391 with 15 doubles and four home runs. He never hit worse than .317 and never had fewer than 54 hits and 14 doubles in any one season.

He will only pitch for the Padres.

“This is a great opportunity for Steve,” said Adcock. “He is very deserving and it will be exciting to see what type of pitcher he can become since he is able to just focus on pitching and not having to worry about playing on the infield or hitting.”

 

Student-athlete profile, Amy Thomas, Cal Baptist softball

AMY THOMAS

Cal Baptist University

Softball

The lowdown: The senior pitcher has helped the Lancers (37-3) to a No. 2 national ranking. Is 20-2 with an 0.75 ERA and 122 strikeouts and 85 hits allowed in 141 innings. Played her first two seasons at Cal State Dominguez Hills, then transferred as a junior which allowed her to play with older sister Candice. Earned GSAC, regional and national pitcher of the years honors last year as a junior when she went 28-2 with an 0.56 ERA and 187 strikeouts in 188 innings. Carries a 3.4 GPA.

Age: 21

Hometown: Barstow

High school: Barstow High School, 2004

Major: Kinesiology

Favorite athlete: Jon Garland (Hes an amazing pitcher).

Favorite team: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Role model: My mom because she is so strong and accomplishes everything she sets her mind to.

Most memorable sports moment: Receiving NAIA Pitcher of the Year last year at nationals. It came as a pleasant surprise to me, one I will never forget.

Most embarrassing sports moment: Running off the field when there were only two outs in the inning.

Person most influential in your athletic success: My parents both played huge roles in my success. My dad may have been the one on the field but my mom was at home working hard and pushing me on academics.

Best advice anyone has ever given you: Real pitchers paint the black.

Pre-game ritual or superstition: I need to pitch with a fake nail on my right index finger. My teammates think it is all in my head but I know it helps.

Cant miss TV show: One Tree Hill

Last good book you read: I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris. It gave me a whole different perspective on the Christian way of dating.

Favorite food: Italian (especially Olive Garden)

Favorite movie: The Notebook

Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere I can get a good deep tissue massage, and of course the beach just reading a good book.

Other hobbies: Yoga, pilates, volleyball, shopping and surfing.

Whats in your CD player/iPOD: Three Doors Down, Goo Goo Dolls, Josh Gracin, Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood.

 

What do you want to be doing in five years?: I would like to be a successful physical therapist helping others.

- Compiled by Michelle Gardner

Cal Baptist wins national swimming titles

AN ANTONIO, Texas The celebration began just before the final event, the 400 free relay, got underway as both California Baptist teams received word that they had enough cushion to claim the fourth straight national title on the womens side and the third consecutive on the mens side.

The women finished with 729 total points while the men topped it off at 573.

Both Simon Fraser and SCAD teams finished second and third with SFUs women scoring 585 while the men finished at 503. SCADs women totaled 540 points while the men scored 465.5.

The Lancer women had eight top-four finishes with a pair of national champions. Nicole Shipman and Katelyn Butler each will bring home a national title as Shipman notched a 2:04.67 in the 200 back while Katelyn Butler just missed a school record by one-tenth of a second in the 100 free (51.83).

Kimie Cook, Elena Zanone and Elaina Hunter went 2-4 in the 200 breast with times of 2:23.55, 2:24.55 and 2:26.94. Meredith Krom and Angie Rodriguez each finished fourth with Krom swimming a 2:10.70 in the 200 back and Rodriguez swimming a 2:10.16 in the 200 fly.

The 400 free relay team capped off the womens events as Melissa Bowers, Stephanie Jung, Krista Chacon and Katelyn Butler combined for a fourth-place time of 3:34.38.

Vicente Andrade added his second national title to his collection with a 1:48.97 in the 200 back while fellow freshman Daniel Heihn placed third in the 200 fly (1:52.83).

Kent Klawer finished sixth in the 200 back (1:56.63). Matt Brown and Sean McPherson went 6-7 in the 100 free (46.76, 46.87) while Rickey Wilson and Barret Wilson went 6-7 in the 200 breast (2:14.04, 2:14.07).

The 400 free relay team closed out the 2008 national championships with a second-place finish as Andrade, Brian Jack, Brown and Sean McPherson combined for a 3:04.97.

Rick Rowland was named the Men’s Coach of the Year while Ben Wahlman and Lindsey Cline were each named Diver of the Year.